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Hillary Clinton Holds Onto 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Holds Onto 2016 Election
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Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is still licking her wounds from her defeat against President Trump.  The vocal politician has remained out of the spotlight in general, only to emerge with harsh words towards her opponent.  There were rumors swirling around the media world during the chaotic Democratic primary last winter that she would once again try to put her name on the ballot.  While she has put these speculations to rest, she is making sure to remind Americans of the past election as she tries to position herself as what could have been.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Clinton spoke about the Russian interference in the 2016 election.  While the Mueller investigation exonerated President Trump from alleged Russian collusion, Clinton made is clear that her view, despite intelligence, will not alter.  Clinton told the Hollywood Reporter, “there are still a lot of unanswered questions about what they were doing probing registration bases and what they were doing probing election systems.  So far, that has not been nailed down.  But the influence certainly has.” Clinton said that the “disinformation propagated by the Russians impacted the outcome, and that Facebook must be held accountable for the role they played in allowing this interference to happen.

Clinton continued in the interview to state that she knows she would have done a better job as president in handling the COVID-19 epidemic.  She is so confident in this assertion, that she said if she was on the ballot in 2020, she would win.  On the virus, Clinton said, “I don’t think we necessarily should have had as deep an economic assault on livelihoods and jobs as we have.  So I know I would have done a better job.”

Why this matters: In terms of party unity, Hillary Clinton bringing up the past does not do any favors for Trump’s current rival, VP Joe Biden.  Furthermore, it shows the focus of the Democrat’s campaign against Trump: keep bringing up the Russian hoax, and furthermore, paint Democratic politicians as better able to deal with the pandemic that the current president.  Instead of talking about the future, Clinton is still reliving her experience in 2016.  The problem with this, however, is it will just connect the former candidate to the present one, even if just subconsciously.  VP Biden has to appeal to the supporters Clinton lost, and the connection will not help him at the voting booth.  The two points of attack, also, are similar to Clinton’s 2016 campaign when she argued Trump was connected to foreign powers, and that he was unfit for times of crisis.  Instead, President Trump is echoing the 2016 campaign as he talks about national security (law and order) and economic growth. 

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